The evening of Friday, Jan. 17, was a memorable one in the National Basketball Association.
The biggest story came from Boston, where a shockingly unimportant Celtics-Lakers game was elevated to must-see status by the return of star Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who hadn't played a game in nearly a year.
Rondo will have to put in some work if he wants to be called the best point guard in the Eastern Conference this season. Kyle Lowry and John Wall are putting together All-Star campaigns for the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, respectively.
In the West, basketball fans were treated to a pair of marquee matchups. The Portland Trail Blazers continued to affirm their status as a legitimate contender with a tough road win at San Antonio. In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant put on a show against the Golden State Warriors.